Legislators pile on deputy minister

Ana Gabriel Zúñiga, deputy minister of the presidency, continued to be demonized by opposition leaders who claim Zúñiga took a $53,000 salary bonus she was not entitled to. Legislators called the act “pure corruption.” Zúñiga is neither a college graduate nor licensed to practice law, which the bonus requires. Zúñiga insists taking the bonus was done legally. Diario Extra    

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Smartphone pays parking meters

An app called Parso now allows anyone parking at a meter in the canton of Desamparados to pay via their cellphone. Meter readers then use an electronic device that allows them to “talk” with the parking meters to determine if they have been paid for with Parso. The canton of Montes de Oca is also using the new system. CR Hoy

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Uber now subject to fines

Although somewhat confusing, it appears the ruling by the constitutional court puts Uber drivers in the same category as the Red taxi drivers in that they are subject to various transportation fines and penalties including having their vehicles confiscated. The red taxi union wanted Sala IV to declare Uber all together illegal and prohibit the company from operating in Costa Rica. Prensa Libre

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Job fair huge success

The Cinde job fair held over the weekend has already resulted in 334 people hired and another 1,132 in the process of being hired. The job fair, which was held in the old customs building in San José, was attended by 8,350 people looking for work with 57 different companies doing the screening. This job fair, as is the trend now with job fairs, focused on bilingual candidates. CR Hoy

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Turrialba costly in 2016

Growers and ranchers lost $1.5 million last year due to ash fall from the Turrialba volcano. Dairy farmers living around the volcano lost the most when their cows couldn’t eat ash-covered grass. Growers of potatoes, strawberries, onions and cabbage also were impacted. La Nación

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Controversial birth control on the way

The  Caja Costarricense de Seguridad (Caja) has announced that it will begin making available a new type of birth control that is placed under the skin of adolescent females. The new birth control is being implemented in hopes of curbing adolescent pregnancies in Costa Rica. For the past 20 years, 20 percent of births are to underage mothers. Various groups oppose the implants. Diario Extra             

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